Avelino Barbosa Rodrigues 1900-1929

Isabel Barbosa Rodrigues
Avelino Rodrigues

My great-grandfather, Avelino B. Rodrigues, was born on August 20, 1900 in Pai Luis, Sao Joao Baptista, Brava. He was the son of Rufino Rodrigues and Isabel Barbosa. The eldest of four, he joined his father and two uncles, Benjamin and Manuel, in Providence around 1917. Rufino and his brothers began immigrating to the US in the late 1800’s

His father, Rufino eventually retired back to Brava as well as Manuel, but I have found records of Benjamin as a wounded WWI verteran! By 1921, Avelino was joined by his brother Artur and cousin, Ernesto (Manuel’s son) in New Britain, CT. At some point they even owned a grocery store there.

The three eventually moved to Waterbury, CT to work at the Chase Metal Works factory. It was at that time one of the largest Brass metal factories in the country. They lived at 189 Orange St in Waterbury. Arthur would eventually marry the owner of the home, Rita Spinola, a widow, also from Brava.

December 31, 1922

In December 1922, Avelino traveled back to Brava to marry my great grandmother, Maria. They had been exchanging letters and pictures. He brought her everything she needed for the wedding.They were married on New Year’s Eve, 1922. In February 1923, he boarded the schooner, Volante, bound for the US and back to Waterbury.

American immigration laws started to become more stringent at this time making it difficult for most Cape Verdeans to travel back and forth as much. Avelino was never able to return to Brava or send for his wife and daughter.

On June 24, 1929, Avelino was killed in a factory accident at CMW at 3:45 pm. The hose he was using to clean his machine got caught and he was crushed between the machine and the floor, immediately killing him. He was buried on June 26, 1929 at Calvary Cemetary in Waterbury.

This past February, I was finally able to find and visit his grave. I am the first direct descendant to visit since 1929!


Author: The Creola Genealogist

My name is Anna Lima. I am the daughter of immigrants, born and raised in Massachusetts. I am the mother of two and a Speech Pathologist. My love of family history began as a child listening to my elders speak of “the old country”. Through their stories grew a love for the culture and traditions of my ancestors and I wanted to know more about who they were. My great-grandmother, our family Griot, was my greatest inspiration as she passed down stories and traditions that have helped me become the person I am today. I believe that remembering our ancestors strengthens who we are. I hope to continue my great-grandmother’s legacy, to continue to pass down the stories of not only my own family history but also the stories of the ancestors of anyone who wishes to remember. My blog is dedicated to the ancestors, those remembered and those yet to be found.

6 thoughts on “Avelino Barbosa Rodrigues 1900-1929”

  1. The three eventually moved to Waterbury, CT to work at the Chase Metal Works factory. It was at that time one of the largest Brass metal factories in the country. They lived at 189 Orange St in Waterbury. Arthur would eventually marry the owner of the home, Rita Spinola, a widow, also from Brava.
    I remember Arthur and Rita. My parents are Cape Verdean also. Rita,s son was named John Spinola after his father. My aunt Rita(not the Rita that was with Arthur) was married to John Spinola. I was young but remember calling Rita, Rita de Arthur. We Cape Verdeans in Waterbury knew each other very well.

    1. Hi Mrs Palin. I remember Johnny! He was the one who told me the story of my great-grandfather having come back home on the morning he died to take one last look at a picture of my grandmother, Rosinha. It is very nice to meet you!

      1. If You can send me Arthur’s last name, I will be ale to ask my family for some info on him. In Waterbury the Cape Verdeans all belonged to the Cape Verdean Social Club in Waterbury. I have some old pictures of the officers.
        The name of the place he worked was Chase Brass and Copper.
        My Maiden name is Barboza. My father was born in Fogo. He and some of his brothers docked in mass.Then move to Conn. We had uncles who lived in Brigeport, Conn. Some of his relatives lived in New Britian, Conn. I was young at the time but I will try to get some information from my older sisters. Vy the way, John passed about 3 or 4 years ago.

      2. I sent you a picyure of your uncle Authur, did you get it.I found out a little history on him that I will share with you, also.

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